Dr Melanie Jimenez
- Research Fellow (Biomedical Engineering)
- Associate (Institute of Infection Immunity & Inflammation)
My research spans at the interface of engineering, physics and biology. My research interests include:
- Medical/environmental diagnostics
- Sample processing (particle/cell separation)
- Antimicrobial resistance
For further information, please have a look at my Personal website
- Nov. 2018: I started my Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship on rapid diagnosis of sepsis (Glasgow).
- Nov. 2017: I received an EPSRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship on new approaches to separate pathogens from clinical samples (Glasgow).
- Feb. 2016: I joined Prof. Jon Cooper's group on advanced, low-cost and reliable medical diagnostics using microsystems (Glasgow).
- Jul. 2016: I received an EPSRC IAA as Co-Investigator to focus on microfluidic approaches to purify manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells (Heriot-Watt University).
- Feb. 2014: I joined the EU AQUAVALENS project as a PDRA to develop label-free microfluidic devices for isolating pathogens from drinking water (Heriot-Watt University).
- Oct. 2013: I received a Ph.D. degree in Process Engineering (Toulouse, France), working in collaboration with SUEZ on new optical methods for characterizing mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviours during aeration of wastewaters.
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship (2018-2023)
Engineering new microsystems for rapid bacteria purification (£665k)
University of Glasgow Leadership Fellow Fund (2017-2023)
EPSRC Research Fellowship (2017-2020)
New microsystems to tackle anti-microbial resistance (£450k)
Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious grant (2017-2018)
Co-production of new teaching tools to promote biomedical engineering in schools (£23k)
Communicating Immunology Grant from the British Society for Immunology (2016)
Promoting the work of engineers and immunologists for detecting malaria (£1k)
Collaborative Funding (PI), EPSRC Physics of Life Network (2015)
Two-day workshop to promote new collaborations at the interface of biology and physical sciences with international leaders (£3k)
Heriot-Watt EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (co-I) (2015)
Development of new microfluidic tools for purifying manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells (£15k)
Doctoral Fellowship (PI), French ministry of Higher Education (2010-2013)
Supporting top students to pursue with a Ph.D. thesis (£57k)
Grant (co-I), funded by international company SUEZ (2010-2013)
Consumables and travels to international conferences/collaborations (£47k)
I am currently supervising the following Ph.D. students:
- Andrew Farthing, University of Glasgow (2018-...) Engineering new biomarkers for pathogen detection to tackle antimicrobial resistance
I am mentoring/mentored the following Ph.D. students:
- Ewa Guzniczack, Heriot-Watt University (2015-…) Microfluidics for STEM cell purification
- Anusha Keloth, Heriot-Watt University (2015-2017) Optofluidics for rare marine cell isolation
- Brian Miller, University of Edinburgh (2014-2015) Large scale microfluidics for high throughput particle separation
- Selected for the SUSTAIN programme (2019)
- Selected for the Scottish Crucible (2018)
- University of Glasgow Engaged Researcher of the Year (2017)
- Nomination for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 (2017)
- Invited to SET for BRITAIN 2016-Engineering
- SULSA prize for the best video about the importance of light in research (IOP video competition) (2015)
- Wellcome Trust "Frontiers Innovator" Award for "talented and ambitious junior researchers looking to perform original interdisciplinary research" (2015)
- Top papers "Innovation" session at international GLS12 conference (New-York, July 2015)
- Heriot-Watt Public Engagement 2015 prize in the category “Team award” (2015)
- Best microfluidic design award, RAEng Ingenious Scheme (2015)